TODAY IS GLOBAL RUNNING DAY: Find your inspiration on a run through the city

Running has numerous physical health benefits, but it can also boost your mental agility, ensuring you meet those deadlines, come up with the next big idea and nail the boardroom pitch.

Running has been found to prevent mental aging, especially in functions like switching between tasks, selective attention and memory.  Clocking your miles will also ward off depression and help you manage stress. And of course, a regular running routine will improve your sleep quality, ensuring you’re fresh for your big day at the office, and boost your concentration levels during the day. It is even thought that running may encourage the brain to generate new neurons.

But added to these mental health benefits, your running route can also add the inspiration you need to conquer your day.

This is why The Westin Hotel celebrated Global Running Day by curating a 5km “art route”, to inspire creativity while on the run. Global Running Day is an international celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving, at any speed and over any distance.

With a city as rich in culture as Cape Town, finding a running route that ticks all the boxes isn’t a tough task, explains Leon Meyer, General Manager at The Westin.

Home to the world’s largest museum of contemporary art, the Zeitz MOCAA, the Silo District offers a running route, for both beginners and veterans that, promises to get the creative juices flowing. Also on the route are installations such as Ralph Borland’s “Ghost Sharks”, Es Devlin’s “Zoetrope” and lifelike statues by artist Egon Tania in Roggebaai Square.

“At The Westin, we know well-being is built on a balanced routine: A restful evening, paired with an active morning and healthy refuelling options. But the aim is to elevate those wellness routines and inspire runners to reach other goals. We are fortunate to have such a scenic city to run through, but nature is not the only place to take inspiration from when we are surrounded by world-class public artworks as the centre of Africa’s contemporary art world,” says Meyer.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts

Westin Hotels & Resorts, hospitality’s global leader in wellness for more than a decade, empowers guests to transcend the rigors of travel while on the road through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.  At more than 225 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience wellness offerings, including the brand’s iconic and award-winning Heavenly Bed; game-changing gear lending program, TRX fitness equipment in signature WestinWORKOUT™ Fitness Studios; delicious and nutritious menu offerings, and more.  Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and Westin is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,900 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott BonvoyTM , replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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